Microsoft accuses Sony of paying developers to block Xbox Game Pass games

The Brazilian CADE meeting over Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard is the gift that keeps on giving – the latest claim points for Sony blocking upcoming games on Game Pass.

So far we’ve seen Microsoft call the Call of Duty replaceable franchise, Sony’s “inconsistent” arguments, and even found out how many Xbox One units were sold in the latest generation of consoles.

Now we have another interesting accusation against Sony, with the claim that the company pays developers and publishers to keep their games off Xbox Game Pass.

“Microsoft’s ability to continue to expand Game Pass has been hampered by Sony’s desire to inhibit such growth,” Microsoft said during the hearing (from court documents, via The Verge).

They added, “Sony pays for ‘blocking rights’ to prevent developers from adding content to Game Pass and other competing subscription services.”

This has just been one of many bombshells that have been thrown since the CADE hearing began on Microsoft’s desire to buy Activision Blizzard for the colossal sum of $68.7 billion.

Whether or not Microsoft’s accusations are true remains to be seen, but it’s important to remember that this wouldn’t be the first time Sony has been willing to pull the punch when it comes to other platforms.

During the Epic Games v. Apple lawsuit, it emerged that Sony is the only company forcing developers to pay money for their games to include cross-play integration.

It’s no surprise, Sony has the biggest console market share, especially the latest console generation, so it makes sense that they throw that weight where they can.

There’s no doubt that as this hearing continues, we’ll continue to hear more about the dirty dealings between the two parties, and when we do, we’ll be sure to update you all.

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